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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MARCH/APRIL 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 72 MARKETPLACE ADS 74 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE SPECIAL SECTION: RURAL BROADBAND 16 State Legislators and The Gigabit Desert / By Tom Sloan, Kansas State Legislature How can state legislators help spread the gigabit wealth? 18 Georgia Tackles The Digital Divide / By Masha Zager and Hilda Legg, Broadband Communities The state legislature aims to address Georgia's rural broadband shortfall. 20 Rural Broadband and Quality of Life / By Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting Rural residents have much to gain from broadband – but beware of its pitfalls. 24 5G Is Not the Answer For Rural Broadband / By Larry Thompson and Warren Vande Stadt, Vantage Point Solutions Though wireless technology is advancing, the solution for rural broadband is fiber. 32 Breaking Telecom Monopolies / By Andrew M. Cohill, Design Nine Inc. Strategic investments by local groups can jump-start competition. 36 A Local Ownership Approach to Broadband / By Michael Curri, Strategic Networks Group Cost reductions, GDP growth and other community benefits can sometimes justify a public broadband investment. 44 No Municipal Utility? No Problem / By Bruce Patterson, City of Ammon, Idaho; Jeremy Pietzold, City of Sandy, Oregon; Robert Wack, City of Westminster, Maryland Three small cities forge new paths to build and operate broadband networks. 48 Fiber in Kent County / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities A county, a regional dark fiber network and a retail service provider strike a win-win-win deal. TECHNOLOGY 64 Data-Driven Fiber Projects / By Fabion Kauker and Nick Guy, Biarri Networks Up-front investments in data make fiber builds cost-efficient. 70 The Network of the Future Is Already Here / By Ana Pesovic, Nokia NG-PON makes possible amazing speed, symmetrical service and network convergence. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Know What I'd Do If I Were You? / By Bryan J. Rader, Access Media 3 Transitioning from giving advice to receiving it is a challenge – but a welcome one. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 The Pitfalls of Uncontrolled Access / By Robert Grosz, Multifamily Broadband Council Multifamily real estate owners need to control access to their buildings and infrastructure. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 12 Managed Wi-Fi as an Amenity: Enclave on Golden Triangle, Fort Worth, Texas / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Bulk services can succeed in luxury housing if the quality and the price are right. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 76 A New Name in the Fiber Game / By Heather Burnett Gold, Fiber Broadband Association Why the FTTH Council Americas rebranded as the Fiber Broadband Association HOT PRODUCTS 52 BroadBand Communities' 16th Annual List of Leading Broadband Technologies and Services The latest offerings from top broadband hardware and software suppliers, distributors and service providers 20